Sermons

Sermons

Make Way for the Coming King

Daniel 7:1-28 Daniel’s frightening vision of future kings alarmed him until he beheld the coming King who would reign forever. Amid polarizing politicians and combative kingdoms, our great hope is in the true King who is on His way. Rules for Apocalyptic Literature Apocalyptic literature is a vision of the future to give believers hope in the present. Focus on what is certain, but don’t obsess about what is left unclear. Be careful of anyone who claims more precise knowledge…

Muzzling Lions

Daniel 6:1-28 Daniel refused to pray to the king and was cast into the lion’s den because of his devotion. Not only did his bold stance make a statement about his faith, but it successfully witnessed to others as well. Discover King Darius gave Daniel a pivotal position in establishing the new kingdom because he trusted in the excellent spirit apparent in him (6:1-9). When a political law contradicted Daniel’s religious devotion, he unashamedly practiced civil disobedience, fully aware of…

When God Has Had Enough

Daniel 5:1-31 When King Belshazzar took the vessels from the temple and used them for idolatrous purposes, God sent a frightening message to the people. The writing on the wall seeks to remind us that when God has had enough, He puts an abrupt end to sin. Discover When King Belshazzar utilized vessels from the temple in Jerusalem for his sinful party, a mysterious hand delivered an unknown message (5:1-9). The people sought Daniel’s help, who used the opportunity to…

How the Haughty Are Humbled

Daniel 4:28-37 Through King Nebuchadnezzar’s humiliation and restoration, he learns an important truth: God can do whatever He wants to do whenever He wants to do it. None of us can block God’s will from coming to pass. Discover One year after being confronted by God in a dream, King Nebuchadnezzar maintains his prideful assumption that he is in charge (4:28-30). God removed the king’s sanity and authority in a mere moment (4:31-33). Nebuchadnezzar experienced more greatness than before once…

When God Meets You in the Fire

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego risked their lives when they refused to worship the golden image. When it seemed that God abandoned them in their suffering, He actually met them within the fire. Daniel 3:1-30 Discover The king was discontent with the reality of his limited reign, so he attempted to enshrine himself in the land and among the people (3:1-12). These young men believed that maintaining a devotion to God was more critical than guaranteeing deliverance from danger (3:13-18). God…

That Platform Isn’t Meant for You

God gave Daniel the ability to interpret the king’s troubling dream, but instead of taking credit at an opportune time, Daniel unashamedly gave God the glory. Our goal should be to use any platform to represent God rather than present ourselves. Daniel 2:1-49 Discover When King Nebuchadnezzar’s court could not interpret his troubling dream, he intended to kill all the wise men in the nation, including Daniel (2:1-16). The Babylonians were unable to find hope in the knowledge of earth,…

Convictional Courage in a Compromising Culture

Daniel and his friends had to decide whether they would be transformed by the culture or transformers of the culture. Just like them, we must resolve to show convictional courage in a nation increasingly hostile to biblical values. Daniel 1:8-21 Discover The culture attempted to change the people of God through prosperity – not persecution. Daniel preferred to endanger his security rather than defile his integrity. How could the food possibly defile them? 1. Dietary – The king may have…

Expectant Exiles

When Babylon conquered Judah, the pagan king gathered a group of exiles to alter their worldview in order to reconstruct the whole nation. A small group heeded the biblical command regarding exile expectations and remained expectant of how God could use them during that time.

The Story That Governs the World

The world is in need of a story. People everywhere are disconnected from God and need to know the beauty of His rescue in Jesus. And that’s why Christians everywhere need to be equipped and prepared to effectively share God’s Story, the story that governs the world. Psalm 46  The world is in need of a story. The world needs a story that answers life’s most important questions: How did it all begin? What went wrong? Is there any hope?…

Down But Not Out

The people of God know what it is like to be down but not out. No matter the opposition we encounter, our God continues to hold us steadfast. Psalm 129:1-8 A Song of Ascent – These psalms (120-134) were sung as people ascended to the hill of Jerusalem and upon the steps of the temple to worship together. God’s people must consistently remind one another regarding pivotal truths upon which we must stand. Most people value a group by how…